The Violet May

The Violet May

 Sheffield, England, GBR

The Violet May are one of the most exciting bands on the British music scene. Frontman Chris McClure was once the face gracing the Arctic Monkeys debut album cover, now with The Violet May he looks set to be an icon in his own right. Winning widespread support at BBC Radio1, NME, The Guardian, etc


You might recognise The Violet May's frontman Chris McClure, he was the iconic disheveled face gracing the cover of the Arctic Monkey's debut album "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" and is also the brother of Jon "Reverend & The Makers" McClure.

Since forming in early 2009 The Violet May have been sounded out as one of The Guardian's "15 Tips for 2010", named as Steve Lamaq's "new favourite band" on his BBC 6Music show as well as appearing on the show, shot their debut video with Douglas Hart of Jesus & Mary Chain, headlined London's infamous KOKO venue (1,800 capacity) twice, played Leeds Festival, Secret Garden Party, a sold out Italian tour, a German tour with The Chapman Family, opened for Band Of Skulls and Boxer Rebellion, as well as winning widespread support and praise from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, XFM, The Guardian, NME, The Sun, Clash and Artrocker.

This summer The Violet May released their EP “TV” (July 2011) and headed out on a UK headline tour in conjunction with Metropolis Music in October along with two acclaimed performances at Iceland Airwaves Festival.

The recent free download of the track "What You Say" is currently one of NME's "10 Best Mp3's This Week" and on Q Magazine's "New To Q" playlist, while the EP title track is also featured on the forthcoming Channel 4 series "Misfits".

The band have just tied up an album deal with Going Early Records (label managed by the ex-General Manager of Warner Music, Adam Hollywood) and head into the the legendary Chapel Studios in January 2012 to record their debut album with Jon Gray (Primal Scream, Subways, Coral) to be released in 2012. In the words of The Guardian, "their time is now..."

“Electric and inspiring... their time is now.” – The Guardian

“Electrifying… Familiarise yourself with these mugshots, for you will definitely be seeing a lot more of them this year” – Clash Magazine

“Really, truly, brilliant… single of the year so far”- Whisperin And Hollerin

“Music so cool, it doesn’t walk – it swaggers” – Music Week

“A stoner-riff-laden, carpet-bombing barrage of musical brilliance” – Artrocker

“World Class… They're from Sheffield and add a violent rush to the hedonistic stoner riffs of Josh Homme” - Alan McGee


Bright Or Better - single 2010
Jennifer Lies - single 2010
TV - single 2011
TV (EP) - EP 2011